Keep Calm, Stop the Clot

Rady Children’s Hospital (San Diego, California)

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Project Topic

Reducing venous thromboembolism (VTE) in pediatric patients

CSI Participants

Tess Aberg, RN, BSN, CCRN
Tracy Fulkerson, RN, BSN, CCRN
Louise Lovitt, RN, CCRN
April McMahon, RN, BSN, CCRN

Project Goals/Objectives

  1. To decrease the incidence of VTEs in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) patients ages 10 and older 10 percent
  2. To increase the average VTE bundle compliance rate for PICU patients ages 10 and older from 78 percent to 90 percent

Project Outcomes

  1. Increased average VTE bundle compliance rate from 78 percent to 89 percent
  2. Decreased VTE occurrence in PICU patients age 10 and older 100 percent
  3. Achieved hospital‐wide adoption of new criteria for VTE prevention
  4. These outcomes resulted in an estimated annual fiscal impact of $41,163.

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